Calling Las Vegas locals with a penchant for shopping: Do you even tell your out-of-state friends how spoiled you are with your access to endless Las Vegas stores? Do you admit that ogling couture at places like the Forum Shops and Via Bellagio is (almost) as fulfilling as actual shopping in Las Vegas? Maybe you do, maybe you don’t. But if you’re considered the go-to Shopping Guide to Las Vegas, here’s what we hope would make your list... And remember: Things in Sin City can change faster than a girl in her closet on club night, so check websites for hours of operation before leaving your home or hotel. Most important? Check these places out for the best in Las Vegas shopping.
The best stores in Las Vegas
With a firing range, a gunsmith, an archery range and a custom tie shop (for anglers), this massive store is a lesson in retail as entertainment. The entrance, done out like an 1800s Adirondack hunting lodge, gives way to 165,000sq ft of sport-enthusiasts’ paradise. Check out the waterfall that feeds the 40,000-gallon fish tank, gamp at the live duck habitat, or just pick out a tent.
Bonanza’s huge sign declares it to be the "world’s largest gift store"; certainly, it’s hard to imagine one much bigger. The store sells everything from postcards to placemats, Elvis shot glasses to dice clocks, playing cards to earrings. Harkening back to the days of Route 66 gift shops, there’s also plenty of American Indian turquoise and silver jewelry.
The Cosmopolitan set out to be different from anywhere else in Las Vegas, and it has achieved this goal with style, sophistication and wit. The choice of the international and hip, as well as chic locals, Cosmo attracts a younger, more urbane crowd. The vertical layout (three stories, centered around a chandelier that even Liberace himself couldn’t have envisioned) is studded with unusual shopping options, including Amsterdam’s outré, avant-garde Droog assemblage of conceptual furniture.
Hollywood should stage the Academy Awards at the new Crystals shopping centre at the CityCenter complex. God knows it’s big enough, with its soaring ceilings and vast expanses of white stone. And all the designer labels favoured by celebrities and socialites are in place. Between bouts of browsing and buying, there are restaurants by Wolfgang Puck and Todd English, the pan-Asian Social Club and the lavish, retro-futuristic Mastro’s Ocean Club, which perches over the fabulous fray.
Sure, it might be trying too hard with the faux-Roman vibe—classical pillars, statues, huge replica of the Trevi Fountain—but with more than 160 boutiques and shops under its trompe l’oeil, always-twilit Italian sky, the Forum Shops rakes in a whopping $1,300 in sales per square foot each year, the nation’s highest per-square-foot revenue. And that’s a lot of square feet—the Forum Shops recently added 175,000 square feet and additional levels that extend the mall to the Strip. It’s far and away the best of the casino malls.
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This well-stocked shop is packed with gift ideas for that special gambler in your life. There’s gambling-related merchandise here to suit all budgets, from a single casino chip costing a couple of coins to vintage video poker machines. Along with the collectibles are pretty much everything you need to play any of the casino games, including a library of "how to" gaming books.
This men’s lifestyle collection has been going since 2000, finding bad-boy credibility by using the likes of Chris Cornell, Iggy Pop and, most recently, Willie Nelson to front its ad campaigns. Shop here for eclectic tailored suits, funky sportswear, accessories and great boots.
Looking for something a little more stylish for your child than overalls? Toy designer Paul Budnitz’s Kidrobot outpost at the Cosmopolitan has smart shirts and hoodies for the kids—plus some pretty awesome toys to boot. Get junior a T-shirt and then pick out some collectibles for yourself.
This is the southern—and closer to the Strip—version of the outlet mall of the same name near Downtown. The long-established shopping center has decent bargains from Calvin Klein, Off 5th, Nike, Adidas, Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss and much, much more—140 stores in all. Las Vegas Premium Outlets North has more of the same with an additional ten stores. Goods may be less expensive than at the regular retail outlets, but with all these choices it’s easy to blow your budget here too.
Cross John Fluevog’s edgy style with the Doc Martens aesthetic, stir in the 1970s rock ’n’ roll style of Kiss, and lo: New Rock Boots. Decorative touches such as buckles, straps, flames and skulls make the boots popular with punks, goths and bikers, but there’s also a wide selection of stilettos.
This modern retreat is frequented by local socialites as much for its proximity to their homes as for its sleek aesthetic. Situated next to the lush pool, the treatment suites appear to float on water. After a hike, order a Champagne Pedicure and Caviar Creams: this champagne cocktail for you and your feet includes 80 minutes of deep exfoliation, soothing masques, moisturizing caviar lotion and menthol foot balm massage, plus, of course, a glass of champagne. Cheers!
Rampart Boulevard in Summerlin, located in the north-eastern area of Las Vegas, was already rife with malls before the first phase of Tivoli Village opened in 2011: Boca Park Fashion Village lies on the other side of Alta Drive, and just up the road from that is the popular and dependable Rampart Commons. No matter to Tivoli’s developers, who painstakingly worked through the economic slump to build and open this classy and luxurious European-themed shopping centre. But this open-air market has little in common with its neighbours up the road, opting, instead, for more of a ‘lifestyle’ experience than a shopping expedition.
Though it’s somewhat off the Strip—a mile and a half south of Mandalay Bay—this addition to the city’s shopping and entertainment scene is worth the cab ride. Vegas locals often opt for the stylized street scene and less-overwhelming outdoor plaza of Town Square over the Strip: shopping options include just about everything you’d want, from Abercrombie & Fitch and Armani Exchange to White House/Black Market to a design district.